Jeremy Irons to speak at Georgian event in Limerick

Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons will speak at Limerick City's Georgian Buildings & Streets in the Hunt Museum this weekend
OSCAR winning actor Jeremy Irons will dish the secrets behind the restoration of his Irish home this weekend at an event in the Hunt Museum.

OSCAR winning actor Jeremy Irons will dish the secrets behind the restoration of his Irish home this weekend at an event in the Hunt Museum.

Irons, who won an Academy Award in 1990 for the film Reversal of Fortune, owns Kilcoe Castle in Cork, a tower house which he has restored.

The English actor is part of a comprehensive line-up of speakers at Limerick City’s Georgian Buildings & Streets in the Hunt Museum this weekend.

The event will consist of two days of traditional building skills demonstrations and conservation talks in Europe’s most westerly Georgian City - Limerick.

It is being run by The Irish Georgian Society and Limerick’s local authority for City of Culture and will take place this Saturday and Sunday.

Arts minister Jimmy Deenihan will officially open the event, which features over two dozen craftspeople demonstrating key traditional building skills needed for the conservation of old buildings, a guided architectural walking tour of Georgian Limerick, and expert advice on planning law, insurance and finance.

“We are delighted to bring our annual traditional building skills exhibition to Limerick as part of City of Culture 2014,” explained Patrick Guinness, president of the Irish Georgian Society.

“The city’s Georgian buildings and streets are of international significance and this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to view all the disciplines necessary for its conservation.

“We are grateful to the master craftspeople from joiners, masons, plasterwork conservators and blacksmiths who have agreed to demonstrate the cross section of skills needed for the conservation of the city’s rich built heritage.”

Other speakers include Dr. John Logan, Jim O’Donoghue, Willie Cumming, Colm Murray and Tracy Collins.

See www.limerick.ie or www.igs.ie for more details.